2. Rashee Rice will top rookie WR Super Bowl records
Reid's offensive scheme typically places less emphasis on rookie receivers, given the complexity and demands of the system. However, Rashee Rice has managed to catch the attention of coaches and fans alike with his exceptional talent and athleticism. The team has been facing issues with their wide receiver room, which has further increased the importance of Rashee's role on the team.
Rice has already taken his place in the franchise history books in 2023. He holds the Chiefs rookie receiver records in receptions and touchdowns and sits second to Dwayne Bowe in receiving yards. Rice has come on strong down the season's stretch, but he is one of the best rookies this league has ever seen.
According to Stathead, his 77.5% catch rate was the best among all rookie wide receivers with 80 targets since 1992. He notably had his one drop per game quota to start his NFL career, but he catches nearly everything else, it seems.
Rice made his postseason debut memorable as well, with his eight receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. He was one of 13 rookies ever with at least 5 catches, 100 yards, and 1 touchdown (even if three such performances came this postseason). He has plenty of work to do, such as beating press coverage. But Rice is producing at a historic rate. Why shouldn't that continue in the Super Bowl?
- Yards: 109, Torry Holt
- Receptions: 10, Joseph Addai
- Touchdowns: 1, 10 players
All of those seem very attainable for Rice, despite his quiet stat lines the past two games. His setting those same records from a Chiefs' standpoint seems almost a certainty, barring injury or extreme underperformance. Super Bowl LVIII has every chance to be Rice's coming-out party to the national fanbase, especially with two weeks of preparation.